Contradictions – Let us Read and Ponder

“Contradiction has and will not ever have a way in the sanctified realm of the Divine Manifestations.”

Reference: Bahā’u’llāh, Badī`, p. 126.

Q1. How Many Languages Must One Learn Other than His Mother’s Tongue?

`Abdu’l-Bahā and Bahā’u’llāh: At most two languages are needed: the mother tongue and the Universal Auxiliary Language. Great effort must be put to limit this to one language.

“A universal language would make intercourse possible with every nation. Thus it would be needful to know two languages only, the mother tongue and the universal speech,”

Reference: `Abdu’l-Bahā, Paris Talks, pp. 155–156.

“We have decreed before that it has been destined to speak with two tongues and a great effort must be put to limit this to one [tongue] and the same [applies] to the handwriting. So that the lives of the people will not be wasted and nullified in learning different languages,”

Reference: `Abd al-Ḥamīd Ishrāq Khāwarī, Payām-i malakūt, p. 33 (citing Bahā’u’llāh)

Bahā’u’llāh, `Abdu’l-Bahā’, and Shoghi: Other than your mother tongue learn the Auxiliary language, Arabic, Farsi, English, and German!

Reference: For source reference refer to the post:-


Q2. The Meaning of “Putting Great Effort to Limit the Languages of the World to One”

Bahā’u’llāh: Great effort must be put to limit the languages to one.

Bahā’u’llāh, Abdu’l-Bahā, and Shoghi reveal verses, utter words, and give orders in Arabic, Farsi, English, and Turkish.

Bahā’u’llāh, Abdu’l-Bahā, and Shoghi order their followers to learn five languages other than their mother tongues: the Universal Auxiliary Language, Arabic, Farsi, German and English.

The Universal House of Justice: Translates Baha’i literature into 800 different languages worldwide.


Q3. Is Learning Foreign Languages a Waste of Time?

Bahā’u’llāh: Definitely!

Shoghi and `Abdu’l-Bahā and Bahā’u’llāh: Of course not. Learn your mothers tongue, the auxiliary language, Arabic, Farsi, German, and English!


Q4. Why Reveal Arabic Verses for a Persian Audience?

The Bāb and Bahā’u’llāh reveal verses in Arabic for a Persian audience, many of which are vague and sometimes incomprehensible.

Adib Taherzade (former UHJ member): The reason someone speaks Arabic to a Persian audience is to excite their imagination and fascinate them into thinking he is knowledgeable. – Adib Taherzadeh, The Revelation of Bahā’u’llāh, vol. 1, pp. 18–19.


Reference: Sayings and source reference for the above are published in the previous posts, hence we have refrained from repeating the same here. Readers are requested to refer to previous posts for exact saying and reference.


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